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Artificially limiting our natural resources

Earlier this week, supporters (and some protesting opponents) of natural gas gathered at a conference in Riverside to discuss California’s move to become a zero-emission state, spurred by the 2018 signing of Senate Bill 1477, aimed at making California homes and businesses “near-zero emissions.”

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Berkeley’s ban on natural gas is an overreaction to climate change

First, California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Forcing people to switch to all-electric homes will have an insignificant effect on climate change but will cost billions of dollars to retrofit older homes and purchase electric appliances. There is no consideration of what the carbon footprint is for that change, because, let’s be honest, all those new appliances and changes have an impact.

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Why these 17 cities oppose eliminating natural gas in California

More than a dozen San Gabriel Valley cities are pushing back on an effort that could ban the use of natural gas in residential and commercial buildings.
The California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission have been holding workshops throughout the state to discuss and gather public feedback over the implementation of Senate Bill 1477, which strives to reach near-zero emission homes. The move calls for an electric-only model.

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Berkeley Bans Natural Gas

The Berkeley, California, City Council is getting headlines for its decision last week to ban supposedly gendered language from its city code. “Manhole” and “manpower” are now out in favor of “maintenance hole” and “human effort.” Somewhere George Orwell is crying, but the city’s progressive lords were even more destructive when they also moved to ban natural gas from nearly all new buildings.

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State’s Utility Mandate Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

As the state of California hurtles toward adopting a building decarbonization policy that mandates electricity as the sole source of power, it is increasingly important that we pay attention to this issue and make our voices heard before the state heedlessly makes a decision that will have severe unintended consequences.

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Valley leads charge in power struggle with State

FRESNO – This summer has seen unseasonably inexpensive utility rates thanks to mild temperatures but every Valley resident knows that higher electric bills are inevitable. That isn’t true for the winter months, when heaters are fueled by natural gas, a less expensive power source that has become renewable through new technology, some of which is being utilized right here in the Valley. The price difference for temperature control between winter and summer could become a thing of the past unless Valley leaders can prevent the State from turning off access to non-electrical power such as natural gas.

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Local leaders advocate for energy diversity

Local county supervisors joined California energy groups and companies, and a local business association to brief local media and stakeholders on recent state energy policies in the courtyard between the Saroyan Theater and Valdez Hall on Thursday.

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Renewable gas: A sound option to fight organic waste

The Puente Hills Landfill in Los Angeles is the largest landfill in the United States (rising 500 feet high and covering 700 acres) and it has a capacity of 700 million tons. However, there is one caveat for this exercise that I forgot to mention — none of the organic waste can go to a landfill.

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It is time to protect California’s energy diversity

The benefits of diversity are seemingly everywhere in California. We celebrate different lifestyles, religions, cultures, music, languages, cuisine and geography. The value of diversity can be seen in other ways, too, practical ones such as the popularity of mutual fund investments, eating a balanced diet or making sure an NFL team has a playbook with multiple options.

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We need both renewables and natural gas

Renewable Energy and natural gas aren’t an “either/or” choice for New England: Now and for years to come, they’re a “both/and” necessity to ensure we have a reliable, affordable energy system our six states can count on.

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Electrify everything? Not if getting rid of natural gas makes California even less affordable

Southern California Edison’s highest rate for homes that use the most electricity is 42 cents per kilowatt-hour, far above the national average of about 12 cents. Granted, Edison’s base rate is much less than 42 cents, but the energy usage covered by that tier is for essentials such as lighting and refrigerators. If we force residents to use only non-gas appliances, their electric bills will likely triple or more.

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California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove

Curtis Stone has been using induction cooktops for years. The Australian celebrity chef — who operates acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and is planning a pop-up eatery at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this month — said the electric cooking technology is faster, cleaner and more efficient than a traditional gas stove.

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California’s self-created future energy crisis

In much of the country a powerful energy boom is providing a serious stimulus to economic growth. But in California, where fossil fuels are considered about toxic as tobacco, we are lurching toward an anticipated energy shortage that will further exacerbate the state’s already deep geographic and class divisions.

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Coalition Advocates for Balanced Energy Policies

To most effectively combat climate change, a newly formed organization of natural and renewable gas users and suppliers today called on the State of California to adopt balanced energy policies that protect energy affordability, reliability, and choice.

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NREL ‘Bug’ Creates Renewable Natural Gas

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – In a little bottle that contains what looks like a veggie cocktail, microbiologist Nancy Dowe holds an energy future. In the solution sloshing around in the bottle is a tiny being with a talent for generating a common energy source.

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Why 100 Percent Clean Energy in California is Gonna Be Tricky

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 100 Monday, requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity must come from solar, wind and other emissions-free sources by 2045. He also signed an executive order that directs the state to achieve “carbon neutrality” by the same year, and “net negative greenhouse gas emissions” after that.

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